Photos of Mark Zuckerberg’s 2 Daughters and What He’s Doing to ‘Make Them Proud’

Like any parent, Mark Zuckerberg wants to be the kind of dad his daughters will admire. Sure he created Facebook, but Zuckerberg faces some rocky challenges in the months ahead.

Data sharing through Cambridge Analytica shed new light on how the 2.2 billion Facebook users view the social media platform, putting Zuckerberg in the hot seat, Time reports. History will mark how Facebook handles this issue, but what will Zuckerberg’s girls think when they grow up? Here’s what Zuckerberg is doing to make them proud.

1. Zuckerberg took two months paternity leave when his daughters were born

Priscilla Chan and Mark Zuckerberg smiling for the camera on the red carpet.

He made this decision for many reasons. | Adam Berry/Getty Images

Unlike many fathers, Zuckerberg had the distinct advantage of being able to spend two quality months with his children after they were born, Today reports Both daughters had mom and dad caring and bonding with them from the minute they were born.

Next: He uses his time at home to make memories with his older daughter.

2. He’s using paternity leave this time to re-bond with his oldest daughter

Mark Zuckerberg's daughter wearing a backpack.

He took time off to spend time with his daughter. | Mark Zuckerberg via Instagram

While on paternity leave with his second daughter, August, Zuckerberg used his time to also bond and interact with his oldest daughter, Max. “Our new daughter is coming soon so I’m planning to take two months of paternity leave,” he posted on Instagram. “I’m looking forward to bonding with our new little one and taking Max on adventures. I’m pretty sure the office will still be standing when I get back.”

Next: He’s also there for all the big milestones.

3. He marked this big day for Max

Mark Zuckerberg holding a backpack and greeting his daughter.

He shared this touching moment on social media. | Mark Zuckerberg via Instagram

Zuckerberg’s oldest daughter Max finished her months of “adventuring” with dad and started preschool this year. The father of two posted on Instagram, “First day of preschool. They grow up so quickly.”

Next: He’s making changes at work because of his girls.

4. His daughters inspired Facebook’s new mission statement

The Zuckerberg sitting with his family at the table.

Being a family man has changed his work with Facebook. | Mark Zuckerberg via Instagram

Becoming a parent is a life changing experience and is no different for Facebook’s founder. Last year he changed Facebook’s mission to be focused on bringing the global community together.

“Today we are close to taking our next step. Our greatest opportunities are now global — like spreading prosperity and freedom, promoting peace and understanding, lifting people out of poverty, and accelerating science,” Zuckerberg wrote in a letter, Time reports. “Our greatest challenges also need global responses — like ending terrorism, fighting climate change, and preventing pandemics. Progress now requires humanity coming together not just as cities or nations, but also as a global community.”

Next: He also has a new world view. 

5. He sees the world differently now

Mark Zuckerberg speaking into a microphone.

Mark Zuckerberg’s life has changed since becoming a father. | Justin Sullivan/Getty Images

He told CNN he used to want to have the greatest positive impact across the world possible. However now his focus shifted to just wanting to build something his girls will grow up and and be proud of.

Next: Zuckerberg ponders what his girls would think of his work each day.

6. Zuckerberg reflects on work when he’s with his children

Mark Zuckerberg and his family sitting on a couch during a photoshoot.

He is focused on being a present father. | Mark Zuckerberg via Instagram

During the day, Zuckerberg told CNN he’s working on many hard projects. But when he arrives at home he reflects on whether his girls would be proud of what he did that day.

Next: Despite tough times, he thinks he’s making headway.

7. Zuckerberg thinks he’s finding solutions to Facebook’s problems

He is busy making his daughters proud. | Mark Zuckerberg via Instagram

Zuckerberg told CNN he thinks he is doing work his girls will be proud of and he understands the problems facing his company. He said what makes life interesting are the challenges you face. He’s grateful he can work on the most important problems in this world and is committed to getting it right.

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